Is 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture still gone?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by EnchantedPlague, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. EnchantedPlague macrumors member

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    The 3D Touch app switcher gesture is probably one of my most used features of 3D Touch. Is it still removed in the GM release of iOS11? Thanks.
     
  2. Feenician macrumors 601

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    Yes, it’s gone.
     
  3. EnchantedPlague thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you. Will hold off from updating then.
     
  4. Feenician macrumors 601

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    Sure. Doesn’t look like it’s coming back either as Apple did state officially they removed it on purpose. While I never got the hang of it myself and don’t miss it, it seems that quite a few people do.
     
  5. davidcmc macrumors 6502

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    That makes no sense.

    iPhone X has a gesture based multitasking menu activation.

    Why can't the other models have something similar too?
     
  6. GreyOS macrumors 68040

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    Out of interest, with the iPhone x direct app switching, do you have to 3D Touch before swiping or do you just do a normal swipe

    To clarify I don’t mean the invoke app switcher gesture but the swipe action on the bottom to go directly to another app
     
  7. Cayden macrumors 6502a

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    This is honestly the only reason I don’t plan on upgrading to iOS 11. I constantly use this feature and rarely even use the home button
     
  8. Feenician macrumors 601

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    From the demo it looks like there’s a thin bar on the bottom you swipe, no 3d touch required.
     
  9. ericgedi77 macrumors member

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    On older devices, like the 6S, is the only way to access the app switcher double clicking the home button?
     
  10. emil234 macrumors newbie

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    I'm considering to stay right now with iOS 10 because of lack 3D Touch switcher built in iOS 11. I'm using this gesture everyday. Even on the android phones you have it like galaxy s7 with double tap on the left button you open last app. It looks that this function will be exclusively on iPhone X.
     
  11. Mrjynx macrumors regular

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    I’m furious about this, on ios11 gm now and betas since 4 and it’s still not there. I thought it was a bug.

    I have to wipe and head back to 10 before they stop signing. That one feature outweighs the new features. One of the few things I used 3D Touch for and it was incredibly useful now that I’m mashing my physical home button every time I use the phone while unlocked.
     
  12. davidcmc macrumors 6502

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    There must be a solid reason for Apple to deliberately remove this feature.

    Are they really trying to force us to use the Home Button? The 3D Touch app switcher gesture is not only practical, but also important for the 6S, which still has a mechanical Home Button.
     
  13. Radon87000 macrumors 604

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    It’s because they want the new iPhone X to have exclusive access to the gesture based app switcher and the lower models should not have it.
     
  14. FelixII macrumors regular

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    My guess is that this gesture didn't work reliably on the new iPhone X (because the edge is so thin) and therefore they removed it on iOS as a whole for consistency reasons. Of course it also gives fans of this feature another reason to upgrade to the new iPhone, so there may be more to it.
     
  15. johannnn macrumors 65816

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    I had NO idea they removed this, it's literally my favorite feature of the 3D touch iPhones. Now I don't even know if I should upgrade to iOS or not :(
     
  16. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I never used it, as I could never get it to behave properly or reliably, so I won’t miss it, but if others found it useful, I’m not sure why Apple would feel compelled to remove it.
     
  17. davidcmc macrumors 6502

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    The fact that iPhone X has exclusive gestures points to a lack of consistency by itself.

    It's an absurd that Apple removed this feature and gave nothing in exchange.
     
  18. stooovie macrumors 6502a

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    I would be fine if Apple removed this for sake of consistency, but that is clearly not the case as the gestures on X are completely different than on any other model. It's a bit weird. But Apple is known to reverse their decisions (remember when they flip-flopped on using the lock switch to either use it as a mute or orientation lock on the original iPad?), so the best we can do is to file feedback.
     
  19. Dario69 macrumors member

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    Good point. I should do that as well. I don’t mind double clicking on the 7 with the haptic home button to get the app list for reason I just hate using that feature on the 6s Plus. I guess I hate that old style home button now after using the 7. I tend to use 3D Touch to bring that list up on the older devices now or did until iOS 11 changed things. Home button lag isn’t an issue for me like some others but this omission is.
     
  20. GreyOS macrumors 68040

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    Lol the side edge is no thinner on the X than previous models.
     
  21. GrumpyTrucker macrumors 6502a

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    The 3D Touch access of the app switcher was probably my only real usage of 3D Touch. Not happy it’s gone and all I’m left with is buggering about double clicking the home button again. Can’t really see why the 6S / Plus can’t have the same up swipe gesture to access it as the X and the iPad. Oh, wait, it’s so I’ll buy a brand new phone isn’t it?
     
  22. brilliantthings macrumors 6502

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    Would be great if Apple were flooded with complaints about this one. Do it team.
     
  23. FelixII macrumors regular

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    You are right. But I still think that it was removed for consistency reasons due to the iPhone X. Apple doesn't want to have two gestures with the same functionality on their new flagship device. So in order to "unify the experience" they removed it from all other devices as well.

    I used this feature a lot and would love to get it back. But I also got used to the double tap gesture in the meantime.
     
  24. GreyOS macrumors 68040

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    Yes that’s more likely an explanation than your first

    However, they were happy to have inconsistency across devices in the case of control centre access - there are now two opposite gestures across prev and X gen iPhones. So hmmm...
     
  25. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    Same for iTunes 12.7. And same for iTunes 12.6. Apple starts to... ugh I don’t want to continue ranting.
    Regarding this feature tho, I can live with double tapping the home button cause I just launch the app I want through home anyway without much switching in between. Also spotlight search can hold up to 8 frequently used apps.
    But, before people get hands on real iPhone x and use it extensively, we are yet to know the real reason why Apple removes that feature. iPhone 8 does not have the same problem tho.
     

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